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Christmas paper out on Friday!

Yes, it’s Christmas time at the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald office! You do NOT want to miss the December 16th issue, 48 pages of news, Letters to Santa, recipes and more, all for the same low price of only $1.25 at the news stand, less if you’re a subscriber. (Call 306-843-8030 if you want to subscribe, or buy a subscription for someone else = it makes a great last minute gift!)

Along with all the Christmas fun, Friday’s paper will include:

  • the list of 2016 winners of the Wilkie Curling Club’s trip of the month raffle;
  • the latest report on the SWHL where the Outlaws remain undefeated, going into their first home game in two seasons, at the Saskcan Community Centre, December 16, 8:30 pm;
  • details on medals being won by the Gorilla Factory Wrestling Club; and
  • the usual fare of RCMP reports, editorial page, etc.

Below, be sure to carry out the tradition of a drive around town to see the Christmas lights and displays, like the one below.

Christmas display in Wilkie Sask

Today’s paper

There is lots of local news in the October 28 issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald. Be sure to get a copy for:

  • photos and a report on another successful Pink Night hosted by the St. James CWL;
  • a heart-warming story on a new sport for area Special Olympic athletes;
  • a summing up of activities at McLurg this fall; and
  • a wrap-up of local runners’ results at provincial high school cross-country championships.

And don’t forget to check out the new “What is it?” on page 15!

Below, the table full of door prizes at Pink Night October 11.Pink Night at Wilkie SK

Wilkie’s Saskcan Community Centre on fire October 9

The heart of Wilkie, Saskatchewan – its hockey rink, curling rink and community hall – caught fire yesterday afternoon, October 9, 2015. The building is still standing but the full extent of the damage and how long it will take for repairs and any rebuilding is as yet unknown. It is virtually certain there will be no Outlaws skating in their home rink nor any little ones learning to skate or playing their first hockey games in Wilkie for at least a couple of months, if not longer.

Mixed with sadness at the loss is relief and gratitude that no one was injured, even though there were people working in the building, as well as a federal election 2015 advance poll in progress in the hall.

Town administration will post information on the Town of Wilkie Facebook page as they themselves learn more. This weekend’s advance polls have been moved to the town office.

Below are some photos of the scene yesterday afternoon. Additional photos will be in the local community newspaper, the Press-Herald October 19, hopefully along with more information on the extent of damages and the outlook for this winter’s skating and curling seasons.

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saskpower checking

group and rescue truckeast end smokebroken door glass3 firefighters and arena door2 firefigthers exit hallarena smokeFire at Wilkie Community Centrerescue truck and firefighters4 firefighters and hall doorfrom the southwest

Next week’s paper

The Unity Wilkie Press-Herald staff are back from holidays and there WILL be a new paper next week, catching up on all the August news thus far! Look for:

  • a story and photos from the Wilkie Outlaws’ 100th anniversary celebrations;
  • a report on the Wilkie Brewers’ win at provincials;
  • the latest Sask. Ag Crop Report – harvest has started; and
  • a report from Surrey, B.C., on the UK Royals’ Western Canadian Fastpitch title – along with Unity and Kindersley players, there are Wilkie girls who play on the team.

Below, Gerry Cey poses with the steel sign presented to the Outlaws Hockey Club by fan Shane Hoskens of Calgary, Alta. In the background is CTV sportscaster Kevin Waugh, who MCed the Outlaws’ 100th anniversary program Aug. 1.

Wilkie Outlaws 100th - Gerry Cey and Kevin Waugh

Next week’s paper

Be sure to check out page 2 of the July 27th Unity Wilkie Press-Herald for some reading suggestions for the upcoming long weekend. In next week’s paper, you will also find:

  • an update on the Brewers’ season, including comments from coach Trent Cey;
  • a report on Unity ball teams, including Wilkie players, hosting provincials;
  • an introduction to the new executive director at Prairie Branches; and
  • news that the Outlaws history book will be ready next week!

Book cover - 100 Years of Outlaw Terror

Beautiful new mural in Wilkie

The community of Wilkie, Saskatchewan, now has a new and beautiful mural painted by Pat Welter of Masterhand Signs of Unity!

RENEW project for the Town of Wilkie

The mural is a result of the hard work and dedication of the volunteers of RENEW. They include Myrna Sander, who came up with the idea of making downtown Wilkie rejuvenated by adding flowers and trees, Julie Brooks, David Ziegler, Marlene Palahicki, Maureen O’Hara and council representative Jason Nissen. Volunteers from the community also help out.

This group of people came together to help beautify the downtown core of Wilkie. They have worked long and hard hours, fundraising to be able to buy large flower pots, benches, street lights and trees and continue to make our community a more beautiful place to live and for visitors to enjoy! Also over the years, may individuals have donated to RENEW, including a special donation in memory of Kay Frehlich of Wilkie. They also commissioned Chris Kent, art teacher at McLurg along with his students to paint the first mural.

The mural was a combination of ideas from RENEW members. One of the main points was that they wanted to have colour, lots and lots of colour, in the mural to represent the colour of the flowers and trees they have planted throughout the years. After discussions with Pat and his input, the new mural is proudly displayed on 2nd Street East.

Pat took the time and patience to research the history of downtown Wilkie and the mural includes new and old buildings, the Canadian Pacific Railway station, elevator and old engine.

Artist - Pat Welter, Masterhand Signs

Also included in the mural is a sheaf of wheat to represent the contributions of the many farmers and their families around Wilkie.

mural detail

Included in the mural is “Alfred, the Press Fly”! Pat thoroughly enjoyed the story about “Alfred,” who was a real reporter for the Wilkie Press! RENEW is hoping people will check out the mural to find “Alfred.”

Another feature of the mural is the way it seems to move! This is another feature to figure out.

RENEW have planted the new flowers for this upcoming season and, to honour the 100th anniversary of the Wilkie Outlaws, the large pots on the Wilkie Post Office steps will be green and white. The Wilkie Outlaws, when hearing about the green and white pots, have had Classic Designs of Wilkie make Outlaw flags which will be in the many pots during the anniversary celebrations July 31, Aug. 1 and 2.

To the members of RENEW – a huge, huge thank you for being such a great group of people for work and dedication! Well done, everyone!

(Article and Photos by Kathy Heilman)

Next week’s paper

Well into June and heading towards summer holidays! Lots happening in Unity and area (including the grand opening of the Unity Credit Union Aquatic Centre) so be sure to check out the calendar and pick up the June 8th Unity Wilkie Press-Herald for all the details!

Next week’s paper includes details of the following:

  • a beautiful new mural on 2nd Street East;
  • CWL members receive special pins;
  • karate students meet the man who inspired the Miyagi character in the Karate Kid movies; and
  • scenes from the 2015 Leipzig Music Festival.

Along with the RCMP report, a Faith Matters column and the Top 10 things in summer to look forward to, once again there`s no shortage of reading material and photographs in the next Press-Herald!

Below: some detail on the new mural in Wilkie, sponsored by the Wilkie RENEW committee and created by Masterhand Signs of Unity SK.

RENEW project, Wilkie, Saskatchewan

Town-wide garage sale today!

Remember – you never know what treasure you might find at a garage sale. Today is the annual town-wide garage sale in Wilkie!

garage sales


When you get tired and hungry, Wilkie Playschool, with the sponsorship of Delta Co-op and Country Ford, is hosting a lunchtime barbecue, from 11 am to 1 pm, at Country Ford.

And at the end of the day, when you have your treasures safely home and stowed away, remember that next door Unity is celebrating their annual Western Days with the rodeo starting at 5:30 pm.